Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Saint Nicholas day! |Egg nog recipe| German Christmas CookiesRecipes

hope everyone had a wonderful St. Nicholas day yesterday and had their boot filled with loads of gifts. I spent the day listening to my favourite Christmas albums (under the mistletoe by Justin Bieber was one of them), don't hate haha! I also baked yum yum, it's the season of baking so I've been baking almost every weekend but I'm starting to run out off ingredients, oops. Well here's the recipes for the food and beverage I made. 

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I made Oatmeal Plätzchen, German Plätzchen with Coconut Flakes and Eggnog. 



Oatmeal Plätzchen/Oatmeal Biscuits for Christmas

Recipe:

Ingredients:
200g Butter
100g Sugar (add more if required)
1 tbsp. Vanilla essence
1         Egg
1 tbsp. Baking Powder
100g Flour
250g Oatmeal
- cinnamon, raisins, nuts or chocolate pieces can be added too

Method:
1) Let the butter get soft at room temperature and then mix it with the sugar. Because I am lazy I used my electric whisk for this step to speed up the process but it hasn't affected the outcome of my  food at all, so if you're like me feel free to use an electric whisk to beat together the sugar and butter.
2) Then add the egg vanilla extract and beat it together (I used my electric whisk).
3) You then add the flour, baking powder, oatmeal and cinnamon. DON'T use an electric whisk for this as it will not get the right consistency. I mixed all of these ingredients into the mixture using a wooden spoon.
4) This is optional but if you wish add raisins, small pieces of chocolates or nuts. I added raisins.
5) Make little circles and put them on a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Leave a gap between them because they will expand when they bake.
6) Bake them in the oven on gas mark for, for about 12 minutes.
7) Let them cool and put them in a air tight tin as they can be kept for a long time, if store correctly.

German Plätzchen (Biscuits) with Coconut flakes

Recipe for 37 of these

Ingredients:
- 330g Butter
- 210g Sugar
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla Essence
- 540g Flour
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. Water
- 200g Coconut Flakes
- any jam of your choice: Raspberry/Strawberry/Apricot etc.

Method:
1) Pre-heat the oven on gas mark 3
2) Mix together the soft butter and sugar and vanilla essence (feel free to use an electric whisk for this step) until creamy
3) Add the salt to the flour and mix it in the creamy mixture, use your hands to turn it into a big ball of dough
4) Wrap it in cling film and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes
5) Meanwhile put thee 200g coconut flakes in a bowl and in a separate bowl mix 1 tbsp. of water with the egg
6) After 30 minutes make small balls from the dough, I made sure that mine were between 28-30g each using a weighing scale. This is to ensure that they are all the same size.
7) Then place the little balls into the egg mixture one by one using one hand and using the other hand roll it in the coconut flakes
8) Then place your thumb in the middle of the ball and make a small hole
9) Fill the holes with your choice of jam
10) Place them in a baking tray, leave space between them as they will expand. Let them bake on gas mark 4 for 20-25 minutes

Egg Nog
Recipe for around 5 servings
Ingredients:
- 2 large eggs
- 3tbsp of sugar
- use a mug to fill it with milk, repeat this 5 times
- 1/4 tbsp. vanilla essence
- grated nutmeg
- whipped cream

1) Add the egg, sugar and vanilla essence and whisk them together in a milk pan
2) Turn on the stove and put it on the lowest possible temperature.
3) Whisk all the ingredients together using a whisk while on the stove.
4) It will take between 20-30 minutes for it to get the right consistency
5) Take it off the stove and let it cool for up to 3 hours and store it in the fridge, it should be consumed within 3-4 days.




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